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Croc sighted near Broome’s Town Beach

Estuarine crocodile in the Kimberley
Estuarine crocodile in the Kimberley Tim Willing

The Department of Parks and Wildlife (DPaW) is reminding Broome residents and visitors to be aware of crocodiles following a sighting of an estuarine crocodile in the Town Beach area.

DPaW Officer David Woods said the 3-4 metre crocodile was spotted by a member of the public on Sunday morning at the new jetty. Other sightings were recorded at Demco Beach before the crocodile settled near Town Beach at 2pm on Sunday.

DPaW officers have confirmed the crocodile is large enough to be dangerous.

“People need to be cautious and avoid the beach and waters in areas between Entrance Point and Dampier Creek, including Town Beach and Demco Beach,” Mr Woods said.

“Parents and families should be extra vigilant in ensuring children and dogs are kept away from the water’s edge.

Shire Rangers have closed Town Beach and installed warning signs at prominent locations in the area.

“DPaW and Shire Rangers will continue to monitor the situation.”

Sightings of estuarine crocodiles in the Broome area should be reported to the local DPaW office on 9195 5500.

Estuarine and freshwater crocodiles are protected under the Wildlife Conservation Act 1950.

Estuarine crocodiles live in coastal rivers and creek systems and often occur in open sea and around islands. They also move inland along major rivers, floodplain billabongs and into freshwater rivers, creeks and swamps. 

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Last modified on Monday, 06 January 2014 15:10